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Applying to Butler

Admission Requirements


The Admission Committee takes the following criteria into account in evaluating applicants for freshman admission:

  • Academic achievement in high school (GPA, class rank, course selection, grade trends, and strength of school)
  • Writing sample or graded essay
  • Résumé outlining activities and honors
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (Butler requires the writing component of the ACT)
  • ​Secondary School Report completed by your guidance office

Fall 2014 Class Profile

Applicants: 10,101
Admitted: 6,918
Enrolling freshmen: 991
ACT (middle 50%): 25-30
SAT (middle 50%): 1610-1870 (Verbal: 530-630; Math: 530-650)
GPA (middle 50%): 3.55-4.08

Test Scores

We accept SAT and ACT test scores and recommend that students take both. Butler looks at the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for the admission decision. Writing test scores are required, but keep in mind that the writing component is only one of many factors taken into consideration.

High School Coursework

The classes you take in high school and the grades you earn are important factors in the college admission decision. The minimum requirements for admission consideration at Butler are:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Laboratory Science: 3 years
  • Social Studies/History: 2 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language

Intended science, pharmacy, computer science, engineering, or mathematics majors should have additional units in science and math.

Students who successfully complete advanced courses in high school are eligible for advance course placement at Butler, with appropriate academic credit. For details on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits, please contact the Office of Admission.

Home-Schooled Students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants (in addition to any policies listed above):

  • Statement describing home school structure and mission
  • Transcript/record of courses and grades
  • Letter of recommendation from person other than parent